10 Recipe Boxes + My Family’s Famous Mustard Sauce Recipe

by Grace Bonney

Growing up, my favorite family recipe was called, literally, Recipe. For years I would sneak extra spoonfuls of my grandmother’s “Recipe”, which I thought was a cross between chocolate pudding and some sort of chocolate-flavored whipped cream. I always assumed it was some combination of the two until my Dad told me casually that it was basically Cool Whip and Sherry. It was intended as a boozy topping for pies (to be used minimally) and it suddenly made a lot of sense why people were always telling me to stop eating it like ice cream. The recipe was always a bit of a secret (mainly the ratio of Sherry to Cool Whip), but there is one family recipe I love and actually know how to make. On my mother’s side, my great-great aunt used to make a mustard sauce that we would drizzle over ham at Easter. I could eat this stuff by the bowl-full it’s so good. It’s a little sweet, which I love in a sauce intended for meat. Though honestly I spent most of our Easter meals soaking bits of roll and biscuit in this sauce. So whether you’re in it for the ham topping or just a sweet condiment for other parts of the meal, this simple southern favorite is a must. Want the details? The full recipe is after the jump, along with 10 great recipe boxes to help you keep your family recipes safe and sound. xo, grace

Image above: Anna Bond Recipe Box $34, Semikolon Recipe Box $24.95

The Henley (my mother’s side of the family) Family Mustard Sauce Recipe:

-1cup sugar
-1 egg
-1 tablespoon dry mustard
-1/4 cup vinegar to taste( test vinegar slowly to taste)

Mix all ingredients in small saucepan. Bring to boil stirring constantly with wire whisk. The taste should be not too sweet nor too sour. Boil about 3 minutes. Pour through strainer to remove any egg white that may have congealed by heat. Keep stored in fridge. Great on ham and most sandwiches!

William Morris Print Recipe Box $10.24

Faux Bois Recipe Box $32

Handmade recipe box with lid $88

Vintage green and blue recipe box $22

Vintage Copper Recipe Box $15

Vintage Green Recipe Box $10

Wood Recipe Box $10

Anna Bond Recipe Box $34

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  • I think the “recipe” was actually vanilla pudding and sherry. Very smooth. Intended to be put over angel food cake.

  • My grandmother made something similar too. It is a holiday favorite. We call it ham sauce but use it on everything.

  • I have a beautiful wooden recipe box gifted from aunts on my maternal grandmother’s side. It’s stocked with vintage (empty) recipe cards. WOMP. I wish I had the ambition to fill it, however in all honesty Pinterest functions as my recipe box. I think I should probably get to writing down some of the good ones though, in the event of a Pinterest apocalypse I’d be screwed lol

  • We use a similar recipe at our house, but its not for the weak of heart. Same cooking instructions as above. 1 cup of dry mustard, 1 cup of white sugar, 1 cup of white vinegar and 2 eggs. Atomic!

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